Sunny Mindel/Edward Skyler (212) 788-2958
The next bill before me, Introductory Number 630, sponsored by Council Members O'Donovan, Abel and Golden, would name Lockman Avenue, between Richmond Terrace and Roxbury Street in Staten Island, as Rev. Arthur D. Phillips Place.
Rev. Arthur D. Phillips was born on May 12, 1934. At age 22, he entered the ministry in Newark, New Jersey and went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from Richmond College, now known as the College of Staten Island.
Rev. Phillips was pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in the Mariner's Harbor section of Staten Island for 24 years and was the founding President of the Black Ministerial Alliance, headquartered in Staten Island. He served on the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as well as the Urban League, and was honored for his work to unite people of all races on Staten Island. Unfortunately, Rev. Arthur D. Phillips passed away on January 14, 1988.
Therefore, based on his lifetime of service to the people of Staten Island, it is fitting that Lockman Avenue, between Richmond Terrace and Roxbury Street in Staten Island, be named Rev. Arthur D. Phillips Place.
For the reasons previously stated, I will now sign the bill.